Outschool! Get FREE Remote Classes

Outschool is one of the best distance/remote education ecosystems out there, especially for kids! There are Arts Classes, Coding & Tech Classes, Health & Wellness, Life Skills, Math, Music and Science (and more, of course!)

The Deal? Click Here to sign up for Outschool and get $20 FREE toward classes. Since a lot of classes are $20 or less, that means you get a FREE Remote Class that is perfect for kids!

Kids Coding by Tynker

Tynker is an excellent platform for Kids to code! It’s a fun way to learn computer programming and starts with block programming, logic steps and transitions them into coding in a language like Javascript or Python.

Kids can do things like building games, modding minecraft and creating apps. Tynker is a great way to make kids’ screen time creative and productive. 

Tynker is currently offering 15 Free Coding Resources. Read more about it on the Tynker Blog.

  1. Until May 31, 2020, educators can apply for FREE access!
  2. Enroll for free training and get great tips on how to teach coding to kids
  3. Hour of Code – Story-based coding puzzles, fun projects, and STEM challenges
  4. Download Free Coding Apps
  5. Modding with Tynker and Minecraft: Education Edition
  6. Until Apr 30, 2020, parents can sign up to get FREE access! 
  7. Glitch Manor (free during school closures) 
  8. Augmented Reality(free during school closures)
  9. Python 1 (free during school closures)
  10. Coding puzzles for all levels
  11. Minecraft add-ons and mods
  12. NASA Moon 2 Mars
  13. Barbie You Can Be Anything
  14. Crystal Clash Game
  15. UN Sustainability Goals

Virtual Visits to the Zoo!

Zoos and Aquariums have provided virtual tours and close-up interactions with their animals

Many have provided their Youtube Channels and have created interactive tours.

The following is a large list of all the Zoos in North America that we have found Youtube Channels and Tours.

Zoos in the United States
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia
Zoos in Canada
British Columbia
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia



Center for Great Apes

Central Florida Zoo

  • Adventures at the Zoo and Botanical Gardens!
  • Website | Youtube
  • Sanford, FL

Palm Beach Zoo

  • Inspiring conservation of the natural world
  • Website | Youtube
  • West Palm Beach, FL

Zoo Miami

Zoological Wildlife Foundation

  • Learning about rare and endangered animal species
  • Website | Youtube
  • Miami, FL

ZooTampa Lowry Park

  • Florida manatees, elephants, tigers and more!
  • Website | Youtube
  • Tampa, FL

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

  • Creature cams brings you close to the wildlife
  • Website | Youtube
  • Jacksonville, FL

Jungle Island

  • Watch shows and meet animals. The Jungle Awaits!
  • Website | Youtube
  • Miami, FL

Lion Country Safari

  • Safari and animal feeding experiences!
  • Website | Youtube
  • Loxahatchee, FL

Naples Zoo

  • Inspiring you with our planet’s wondrous inhabitants
  • Website | Youtube
  • Naples, FL

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

St. Augustine Alligator Farm

  • Alligators, Komodo dragons and more!
  • Website | Youtube
  • St. Augustine, FL

White Oak Conservation

  • Rhinos, giraffes and especially cheetah cubs!
  • Website | Youtube
  • Yulee, FL

Lubee Bat Conservancy

Disney Animal Kingdom

Animal Outtakes

Zoological Wildlife Foundation

  • Learning about rare and endangered animal species
  • Website | Youtube
  • Miami, FL



Calgary Zoo

  • Inspiring action to sustain wildlife and wild places
  • Website | Youtube
  • Calgary, Alberta

Edmonton Valley Zoo

  • Intimate zoo with authentic and engaging animal experiences
  • Website | Youtube
  • Edmonton, Alberta

Discovery Wildlife Park

  • Providing a forever home for wildlife in need
  • Website | Youtube
  • Innisfail, Alberta

British Columbia

BC Wildlife Park

  • Connecting you to nature and encouraging the appreciation and respect of wildlife
  • Website | Youtube
  • Kamloops, BC

Greater Vancouver Zoo

  • Inspiring appreciation of our ecosystems and supporting conservation efforts
  • Website | Youtube
  • Vancouver, BC

Victoria Butterfly Gardens

  • Learning about rare and endangered animal species
  • Website | Youtube
  • Victoria, BC


Assiniboine Park Zoo

  • Sharing the wonders of nature to inspire conservation for the future.
  • Website | Youtube
  • Winnipeg, MB

New Brunswick

Magnetic Hill Zoo

  • Educating and inspiring conservation action
  • Website | Youtube
  • Moncton, NB

Cherry Brook Zoo

  • Inspiring excellence in conservation through education
  • Website | Youtube
  • Saint John, NB

Nova Scotia

Shubenacadie Wildlife Park

  • Natural habitats with outdoor educational opportunities
  • Website | Youtube
  • Shubenacadie, NS

Oakland Farm Zoo

  • Family Farm-like setting, along with a mix of exotic animal species
  • Website | Youtube
  • Aylesford, NS


Toronto Zoo

  • Connecting people to Wildlife. Keeper tours!
  • Website | Youtube
  • Toronto, ON

Greenview Aviaries Park & Zoo

Brantford Twin Valley Zoo

  • Learning about rare and endangered animal species
  • Website | Youtube
  • Brantford, ON

Bird Kingdom

  • Free flying indoor aviary to discover birds and exotic animals
  • Website | Youtube
  • Niagara Falls, ON

African Lion Safari

  • Home to exotic birds and animals that roam freely in game reserves
  • Website | Youtube
  • Hamilton, ON

Oshawa Zoo

  • Fun farm and zoo of friendly exotic and domestic animals
  • Website | Youtube
  • Oshawa, ON

Activities: 5 ways for your Preschooler to Practice Cutting!

Your child can enjoy learning and improving their skill of cutting. This activity provides many benefits beyond scissors. It helps young children with fine motor skills that they will use when writing, painting, coloring and eating with spoons or forks. Many activities that require hand-eye coordination will benefit from this practice.

Kumon Cutting Books: Bright and fun cutting projects on durable paper

These cutting books are full color with pages of fun and bright projects!

When using these books, select the page for your child and remove it from the book. Then they will be able to hold and move the paper as needed when cutting.

Melissa & Doug Scissor Skills Activity Book 

There are some great resources online to find Cutting projects for your child.

Free Cutting Projects

You can download the following cutting projects and print them out. They are available as PDFs so that they can be easily printed.

Cutting craft projects made from vector assets provided by Vecteezy

From around the Web

These are various cutting pages/projects found from around the Web:

The cut out projects that you glue together after are a favorite!

Scissors for 3 year olds

It’s a great idea to start with plastic-bladed scissors and upgrade when they become more confident. Make sure you use safety scissors, especially ones with blunt tips.

Start with Playdough Scissors

If you find that your toddler/child would like to cut with less supervision, starting with Playdough is a great way to practice cutting.

Practice tasks similar to cutting

There are many activities that also require fine motor skills.

Try using other instruments or doing other tasks associated to cutting.  For instance, tongs, tweezers, and hole-punchers require the same open-close motion of scissors.

Source: Scissor Cutting Skills: Why They’re Important & How To Learn ’Em
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Audio Books: Experience the stories read to you

Audio books can provide literature to your children as they are doing passive activities. They can perform chores or put together puzzles while listening to an adventure or drama read to them.

Audible Gift Memberships and Kindle Unlimited Membership Plans

Audio Books have great benefits for kids:

  • Helps to expand vocabulary, pronunciation and fluency.
  • Time management, multitasking
  • Knowledge acquisition and familiarity with cultural literature
  • Critical listening skills
  • Focus and attention span improvement
  • More Advantages: 10 Amazing Benefits of Audiobooks

Great Book Series for 8-14

Mr Lemoncello’s Library
by Chris Grabenstein

Mystery, fun facts with board games, video games and word puzzles.

Enjoy 4 Books in this Series

Listen on Overdrive, Cloud Library, Audible

Spirit Animals
by Brandon Mull

Adventures, Danger and Spirit animals that help to save Erdas.

Enjoy 7 Books in this Series. 2nd Series is Fall of the Beasts

  • The Green Ember
  • Peter Nimble
  • Chronicles of Narnia
  • Moby Dick
  • Swiss Family Robinson
  • Wonder
  • Spy School
  • Space Case
  • Fun Jungle by Stuart Gibbs
  • The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place
  • Tom Sawyer

Great Book Series for ages 10-14

  • Ranger’s Apprentice
  • Brother Band Chronicles
  • Age of Extinction
  • Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit
  • Percy Jackson
  • Candy Shop Wars

Free Audio Books

Check your local library’s website for the Audio and Digital content they provide to their community. Seriously, google your library near you now and look at their Digital streaming and audio books that they offer. You’ll need a library card and account in order to use their resources.

The libraries often include the following Audio Book services:

More Free Audio Books:

  • StoryNory
    Provides a small selection of books read to you.
  • Loyal Books
    Free domain books and Audio books
  • DigitalAudio
    Provides a set of free audio books along with a subscription service.
  • Librivox
    Free domain books and Audio books
  • Lit2go
    Free domain books and Audio books
  • Open Culture
    Provides a huge list of free audio book resources
  • Learn Out Loud
    Educational Audio books

If you would like to suggest more great Audio books, please let us know in the comments